Hemp is a fibre valued for its strength and durability. In fact, hemp fibre is one of the strongest and most durable of all-natural textile fibres, outlasting its competition by many years. Not only is hemp strong, but it also holds its shape, this prevents hemp fabrics from stretching out or becoming distorted with use. This fibre may be known for its durability, but its comfort and style are second to none. The more hemp is used, the softer it gets. Hemp does not wear out, it wears in. It is also naturally resistant to mould and ultraviolet light.
Hemp has a porous nature hence it is more water absorbent, and will dye and retain its colour better than any fabric including cotton. This characteristic allows it to “breathe”, so that it is cool in warm weather. Furthermore, air which is trapped in the fibres is warmed by the body, making hemp fabrics naturally warm in cooler weather.
This fibre stands out in terms of sustainability among the other natural fibres.
It is an extremely fast-growing crop, producing more fibre yield per acre than any other source. It can produce 250% more fibre than cotton and 600% more fibre than linen using the same amount of land.
Where the ground permits, hemp’s strong roots descend for three feet or more. The roots anchor and protect the soil from runoff, building and preserving topsoil and subsoil structures similar to those of forests. Moreover, hemp does not exhaust the soil. Its plants shed their leaves all through the growing season, adding rich organic matter to the topsoil and helping it retain moisture and leaving the soil in excellent condition for any succeeding crop.
In addition, due to its unique plant structure it can grow with 1/4 less water compared to cotton and the fibres obtained from hemp are 4 time more durable than cotton fibres.
When blended with other fibres, it easily incorporates the desirable qualities of both textiles. The soft elasticity of cotton or the smooth texture of silk combined with the natural strength of hemp creates a whole new category of fabrics.